The city may be changing rapidly, but one thing you can always rely on is the Salvation Army.
The church and their legion of volunteers will be knocking on doors over the weekend of May 26-27 to raise money for the Red Shield Appeal.
Blacktown Salvation Army Captain Susanne Geracia said she was looking forward to the annual fundraiser.
She and her family have been based in Blacktown since being appointed here in 2012.
“We’ve been here for nearly five years now and seen a lot of change, a lot of growth and different things going on,” Mrs Geracia said.
“Certainly the community has changed a lot and grown a lot. The diversity is pretty cool.”
Mrs Geracia said every area has different needs, which is matched by the unique programs.
The Salvos’ work in Blacktown includes a youth group, food pantry, counselling, and addiction services.
The money collected throughout the appeal will go to the programs, as well as keeping the lights on at the church.
People are definitely generous. They are expecting us and we get lovely feedback, often just thanking us for the work we do.
Mrs Geracia said they were still looking for volunteers.
“We’re not expecting people to be there all weekend. If they can spare even just an hour or two on the Saturday or Sunday, that’d be awesome,” she said.
“It really can not be done without volunteers. I can’t go to the greater Blacktown area and knock on every door in a weekend, that’s not physically possible, so we really need people to help us.”
Mrs Geracia said the Salvos get a “great response” from high schools around Blacktown, with up to 100 teenagers usually helping out over the weekend.
“They come back from door-knocking and say, ‘I’ve had a lot of fun, it was actually really cool’. They get to hang out with their friends and I think they’re surprised it’s actually fun, which is good. It should be fun.
“People are definitely generous. They are expecting us and we get lovely feedback, often just thanking us for the work we do.”
People who are not comfortable or able to go door-to-door can also collect at shopping centres or other popular points.
- To volunteer: salvos.org.au/doorknock or go to 2 Kempsey Street, Blacktown on the day.